In the last two weeks or so tension is growing in the country and embers of disunity, anarchy, and disintegration are spreading fast and if care is not taken, this might lead us to a point of no return.
As if the continued insurgency in the country, the kidnap, and armed robbery is not cup full, the recent happening in some part of the country of ethnic attacks is unfortunate and is adding to the problems.
In an appeal for peace by his Excellency, General Abdulsalami A. Abubakar, GCFR, former Head of State and Chairman wish to add the voice of the National Peace Committee (NPC) to the voices of millions of Nigerians calling for calm in these difficult times.
These times demand that we all join hands together to resolve our challenges so as to keep our country united. We do not have the luxury of trading blames. To this end, we make the following appeal.
First, we appreciate the efforts of President and Commander-in-Chief, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR for exploring all measures and ensuring that tensions are lowered.
Secondly, we appeal to the citizens of our dear country who have borne so much pain and suffering to remain resilient and patient.
Thousands of our people are homeless and refugees across the length and breadth of their own country.
We know the difficulties that our farmers have faced in the last few years and that the harvests will be a serious challenge this year.
Therefore, let us all rally together in these hard times, make the required sacrifices, and remain vigilant, standing by one another.
Thirdly, we appeal to the Governors, the Chief Security Officers of the various states to please sheathe their swords, tone down their rhetoric, and take full responsibility for managing the divergent voices and frustrations within their states.
It is true that we are all in a state of fear and collective anxiety. However, the last thing we need is for the enemy to sense a lack of unity on our path or a break in our ranks.
Fourthly, while commending our security personnel for their services, we appeal to the new Service Chiefs and IGP to rise to the urgent demands of the moment by rallying their troops and designing the best strategy for ending this tragic war that has continued to consume and destroy the foundations of our dear country.
We hope that based on their field experiences in this war, they can draw up a well-coordinated programme to ensure that all our resources are deployed to achieve the much-needed victory in this avoidable war.
We appeal to Traditional Institutions, Religious Leaders as well as Development associations, NGOs to work towards mobilizing Nigerians on the need to live in peace with one another.
Finally, let us continue to pray for our country because we believe that God, Allah Subhanahu Wa ta’ ala (SWT) will continue to give us the strength to overcome these difficulties. God bless our country.